Times’ Rural Economics Analysis Omits a Wealth of Options

Published on: December 21, 2018

Published by The Daily Yonder on December 18, 2018 by Roberto Gallardo New York Times writer Eduardo Porter says it’s time to face “hard truths” about the rural economy – it may not be fixable. Roberto Gallardo, who has worked in rural communities on digital development and inclusion, says Porter’s cold-hearted analysis leaves out lots of different approaches. EDITOR’S NOTE: This …

USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

Published on: December 13, 2018

The following is a press release issued by the USDA.  WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply …

Telemedicine Demand Spurs Rural Broadband Push in Texas

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Published by Politico on December 12, 2018 by Renuka Rayasam AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans don’t usually look to Lyndon Johnson for inspiration. But the need for improved broadband services in rural areas — to spread telemedicine, viewed as the next frontier of medicine — has caused some to look to the former president’s efforts to connect those same areas …

Computer Science Education Week: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

Published on: December 5, 2018

“Computer science is one of the few policy issues that can address both foundational education needs and workforce development demands for a state’s future workforce.” ~Code.org Advocacy Coalition The evolution of technology has created new and exciting opportunities for us to achieve the unimaginable and reach heights that were once beyond our grasp. With computing technology, a cardiologist can perform …

New Job Training Program Helps Military Spouses, Veterans

Published on: September 5, 2018

by Katherine Knott, The News-Enterprise Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – Norvinnia McLaurine left the U.S. Army after 21 years of service in April. Since then, he’s struggled to find work. McLaurine, who was a warrant officer, said he found it difficult to translate his military skills to the civilian workforce. He’s also raising his 19-year-old son who has autism, so …

Digital Works Program Aims to Help Fort Knox Military Spouses Work from Home

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by Gilbert Corsey, WDRB News Elizabethtown, Ky. (September 4, 2018) – The military life rarely gives families the opportunity to settle down and put down roots. In many cases, families are bounced from base-to-base and post-to-post. No one knows that better than Adriana Honsinger. Alongside her husband, Master Sgt.Paul Honsinger Jr., she has spent years of her life living in …

Michigan Governor Unveils Plan to Bring Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Published on: August 15, 2018

Escanaba, Mich. (August 15, 2018) – Connect Michigan, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Connected Nation, worked with Governor Rick Snyder, his staff, and state technology and business leaders to develop a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. That plan was unveiled today during an event at Escanaba High School. “As …

State of Change: Training Remote Workers in Rural New Mexico

Published on: May 7, 2018

Grants, New Mexico (May 7, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural New Mexico. For people who want to stay in their community, remote work is now a viable option but it requires a high speed internet connection. Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation, provides the support and training for the SoloWorks program in Cibola …

Connected Nation Ranked Among Top Ten Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Published on: April 18, 2018

Connected Nation, Inc. has been named among the Best Places to Work in Kentucky. This is the 7th year that the nonprofit has received the distinction. “It is a great honor to be recognized again as a ‘Best Place to Work,’” said Tom Ferree, Chairman and CEO of Connected Nation. “Connected Nation is a very special place; it’s full of …